Category Archives: Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Black Hills Mile Hi Motel- Custer, SD

While planning out where to stay in South Dakota Kim and I had a couple of options. We could book hotels in Rapid City for the entire trip or stay in various areas to save ourselves time from driving back and forth each day.
We went with the option of switching hotels almost every day.

One of the top places we wanted to visit on our trip to South Dakota was Custer State Park. (Read my post about our visit here.) Continue reading Hotel Review: Black Hills Mile Hi Motel- Custer, SD

Hotel Review: Radisson Valley Forge, PA

To fulfill Kim’s stay for the Radisson Big Night Giveaway we decided to book a room at the Radisson Valley Forge in Pennsylvania. The hotel looked very nice and has a private casino attached to it for added entertainment if you are into gambling.

We booked an Executive Guest Room that had a king size bed. The room cost $120 with tax. Definitely not a cheap stay by any means but when you add in the 50,000 Club Carlson points that we will earn, I find it to be a very good deal. The 50K points will get us at least one free night at a Club Carlson property in the future but it could potentially get us up to 5 free nights. Continue reading Hotel Review: Radisson Valley Forge, PA

Hotel Review: Pirate’s Inn- Browne’s Gap, Barbados

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While traveling, my favorite places to stay are hostels, inns, guesthouses and simple hotels. I don’t want to break the bank on a room when I won’t be spending much time there. I am not saying that I don’t like fancy hotels but to me they are just not worth the money.
I like that these kind of properties are often in prime locations offering affordable and fair prices. The rooms are pretty basic but we always take private rooms, not shared dorms. I also feel that when I ask for info like where to eat, the staff is usually pretty honest and won’t just point us to the hotel restaurant.
Pirate’s Inn

For our first time traveling with our baby Lucas, Kim and I initially considered staying in a resort style hotel. Since we were using our Capital One points to pay for the trip, we thought it would be a good time to splurge a little.

About a month in advance we started looking online and making calls. Many of the places in our price range were sold out for the dates needed. We even considered staying at the island’s most popular all-inclusive (they had babysitters available!) but we couldn’t justify spending what we would normally pay for a week’s stay, on just one night (we also didn’t really think we’d actually be able to leave Lucas with a stranger.)  Continue reading Hotel Review: Pirate’s Inn- Browne’s Gap, Barbados